Mud­dies B win grand fi­nal spot

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

THE B Grade As­tute Fi­nan­cial Dou­glas Mud­dies de­feated Cairns Norths in a nail bit­ing match at the Mud­pit to secure a spot in the one-day grand fi­nal this week­end.

Fac­ing Norths, the Mud­dies were miss­ing Si­mon Cody but had the re­turn of Hay­den (Hay­dos) D’Ad­dona and Michael (Schulzy) Schulz.

Cap­tain Ethan McCul­lough won the toss elected to bowl with open­ers Kaiden (Skippy) Sorensen and Pete Gil­mour.

From ball one they trou­bled Norths’ bats­men, pick­ing up wick­ets in their sec­ond overs thanks to Pete tak­ing 3 and Kaiden 1 with great catches by Jared Stewart, Adam (Bobby) Lu­cas, Keel (Keelo) Sorensen and Ran­dal Smith, putting the op­po­si­tion at 4/8 af­ter 8.

A change of bowlers brought on Schulzy and Keelo who con­tin­ued to put pres­sure on the bats­men with Michael pro­duc­ing some heat be­fore he picked up his first wicket caught by Pete. Norths bats­men started swing­ing at any­thing and things started to turn ugly for the Mud­dies. Norths took to the spin, hit­ting Keel all over the field and with a cou­ple go­ing all the way.

With Norths’ score start­ing to ac­cel­er­ate a lit­tle too quickly, the cap­tain brought in Hay­den to slow down the runs. The re­turn of the open­ing pace bowlers took the fi­nal wick­ets, in­clud­ing a sen­sa­tional run out by McCul­lough.

Norths were all out for 92. Wicket tak­ers for Mud­dies were Kaiden 3/4; Pete 3/15; Michael 2/5; and Keel 1/51.

Mud­dies needed a good strong start with the bat but it was not the case with Ran­dal out LBW on the first ball, fol­lowed by Travis Gooch caught be­hind on his sec­ond ball.

Hay­den and McCul­lough sur­vived the Norths’ very strong open­ing bowlers and the new ball be­fore cap­tain McCul­lough fell, short of dou­ble fig­ures, fol­lowed shortly by Gary (Buck­ets) Postans.

With the Mud­dies 4/20 it wasn’t look­ing good.

But it was Hay­dos and Jared who saved the Mud­dies, putting on a much needed part­ner­ship of 58, both bats­men pa­tiently de­fend­ing their wicket and find­ing the gaps, slowly tick­ing over the run rate, be­fore Jared, who was start­ing to find some form, lost his wicket on 19.

This brought Pete to the crease, who looked to con­tinue his big bash league with a six on his sec­ond ball. But he was out on the next, and Hay­den, who top scored, dis­ap­pointed to be caught down leg on 41.

With 11 runs needed and 3 wick­ets in hand it was do or die for the Mud­dies. Kaiden and Luco fin­ished off the win, mak­ing the Norths to­tal with 6 overs re­main­ing.

Mud­dies B Grade are now in the One Day Grand Fi­nal against Mulgrave Pun­jabi, a re­peat sce­nario as last year’s con­clud­ing fix­ture. Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 5, 1 pm, at the Mud­pit.

Norths’ bats­men started swing­ing at any­thing and it started to turn ugly for the Mud­dies. Norths took to the spin bowl­ing

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